Mrs. Swenson & QuEST Welcome You !
Welcome to QuEST, West Hartford Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program serving the needs of high ability, highly creative, motivated students. We hope you will be intrigued and enlightened about the unique and diverse opportunities that QuEST offers throughout the school year for students in grades 4 – 8.
Mrs. Swenson's schedule will be announced shortly.
She can be reached at Laura_Swenson@whps.org
QuEST, West Hartford Public School’s Gifted and Talented Program, has been addressing the learning needs of highly capable students since 1994. Guiding students to become independent, lifelong learners who will know how to act upon their own interests and talents to become the innovators, the artists, the scientists, the political and philosophical thinkers, the humanitarians and the leaders in our community and beyond has become the hallmark of the program’s work.
A student centered program, QuEST is founded on the principles of the Enrichment Triad Model (Renzulli, 1977) and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (Renzulli and Reis, 1985). The program supports National and State Standards in Education, and is guided by a well developed Scope and Sequence of skill training activities tailored to participating students as they progress toward the excitement of independent discovery through research, diligence, and creative productivity.
Encouragement and support from parents is tremendously important to the success of our students. Support from parents is also vital for the success of the program. Some parents mentor students, others have volunteered to give presentations, still more have become involved in state organizations.
The mission of the QUEST Program is to ensure that students have an opportunity to develop their unique gifts and talents by creating a learning environment that encourages students to:
Question the world around them
Understand the need to learn and grow
Explore the past, present, and future
Search for solutions and meanings
Think creatively and critically
To provide all students with opportunities, experiences, and resources by enriching the regular curriculum and by enhancing student interests and intellectual curiosity.
To create a learning environment that encourages the development and demonstration of students' creative and critical thinking skills.
To provide opportunities for students to explore academic talents and interests through independent investigative work and to create advanced level products incorporating their knowledge, skill, and expertise.
To promote continuous growth of the professional staff in the area of gifted education with an emphasis on the differentiation of curriculum in the regular classroom.
To develop and maintain recognition of the needs, abilities, and interests of high ability students by communicating with the faculty, administration, student body, parents, and community.
Math Quest is an accelerated math program that allows students to grow two grade levels beyond their current grade placement. Math Quest is offered in grades 4 and 5 for student who qualify based on specific criteria. Elementary Quest teachers deliver the instruction. In grade 6 students take grade 7 Honors Math. Students must qualify each year to continue in Math Quest.
Art Quest invites any incoming 5th grade student across the district to submit a portfolio for review as the new school year begins. Approximately 30 fifth graders are selected for 20 weeks of after school art classes in two school locations, staffed by 4 art teachers. An Art Quest Exhibit celebrates the students’ work at the conclusion of the program.